Former Browns coach Mike Pettine to be Packers defensive coordinator, report says

Rex Ryan couldn't be more excited about Packers hiring Mike Pettine

Rex Ryan couldn't be more excited about Packers hiring Mike Pettine

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is set to be named defensive coordinator the Green Bay Packers.

Pettine would succeed Dom Capers, who was sacked last week after a disappointing 7-9 season.

Prior to that, Pettine spent a pair of seasons as the Cleveland Browns head coach, compiling a 10-22 record.

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His units were ranked in the top 10 in total defenses in the National Football League every one of those seasons, earning him a two-year stint as head coach of the Browns. They had also had their eyes on Vic Fangio and Gus Bradley, but they didn't wait to interview them before deciding on Pettine for the job.

The Packers fired Capers after a 7-9 season ended with Green Bay ranked 22nd in total defense and 26th in points allowed.

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett will not return to the team, and many of his duties are expected to be taken up by Joe Philbin. Pettine has sat out the last two seasons, but apparently is ready to coach again in 2018.

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Each finished in the top 10 between 2009 and 2013. The Packers have finished outside the top 15 in the defensive rankings six of the past seven years.

The Packers still have an opening for a defensive line coach and quarterbacks coach.

Apart from Pettine, the Packers also interviewed three of Capers' assistants - linebackers coach Winston Moss, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt and safeties coach Darren Perry - for the job.

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